The Director of Finance and Administration for Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) will work collaboratively in support of the CIT mission by leading and supervising CIT finance, facilities, and IT service management; work closely and collaboratively with business partners in the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) and University Budget and Planning Office (UBO); participate as a member of the CIT senior management team; involved in setting annual and long-term objectives in alignment with the CIT strategic initiatives; advise CIO/VP on key issues and take responsibility for all necessary details; lead development of the annual budget; serve as a critical link between the CIO/CIT and DFA/UBO, plus other Cornell communities. The position interacts with university's central funding committees and executive entities on financial issues covering a full range of technology areas.
The Director of Finance and Administration for CIT orchestrates the development of strategic, business, and financial plans that affect the delivery of IT products and services across the university and affiliated institutions. The Director collaborates with the CIO/VP and technical directors on capacity planning, service provisioning, and customer care issues. Related to these activities, the position also directs the development of computing, data networking, and telecommunications infrastructure business cases and decision support analyses.
Key responsibilities include:
Direct, plan, and oversee the operational activities within CIT's Finance and Administration team, which includes finance, CIT building services and space renovation, and IT service management;
Function as the chief financial officer of CIT by planning and administering the annual budget process; establishing cost-recovery models where appropriate; developing and presenting financial projections for Cornell's senior administration; lead and support financial policy administration and compliance within CIT
Play a leadership role in executing CIT's financial plan; support and facilitate innovative and cost effective delivery of IT services, and consistent application of new and existing university systems.
Lead continual administrative process streamlining and improvement;
Maintain close working relationships with CIT management and staff. Build and foster key partnerships with CIT program directors, DFA and University Budget Office and other sectors of the university.
Work in partnership with DFA Accounting/University Business Service Center, Human Resources, and other administrative units to ensure that operations are structured to meet departmental needs;
This position has high level of visibility, responsibility, and confidentiality.
Master's degree, CPA, or equivalent and ten plus years of experience developing financial plans of a large complex technology organization, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead financial and technical managers in achieving service and financial objectives.
Informed of current thinking on recovery and funding issues at the national level.
Strong financial and management background including rate setting for technology based products and services.
In-depth understanding of university-wide customers and central IT organization needs.
Strong working knowledge of budgeting and accounting policies and practices; Ability to oversee finances in a complex institution, including ability to develop/mentor team members and establish credibility as an effective developer of budgets and strategic financial solutions.
Must have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people are essential. Attention to detail and organizational skills are critical.
Ability to manage multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain collaborative and effective work relations with all levels of IT management and staff and all levels within the university administrative offices.
Ability to work effectively under pressure, and to use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices.
Management experience within not-for-profit and/or academic institutions and information technologies strategies; experience working with partner institutions and organizations.
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